I feel extremely lucky to be a part of the development team at Symphony Nova Scotia.
Growing up outside of Saint John, New Brunswick, I have always been connected to the arts. I became passionate about music from a very young age through studying piano and being an avid chorister in my school and community choirs. After participating in several international choral festivals in Italy, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic, I was keen to continue on with music at the university level.
I finished a Bachelor of Music in piano at Mount Allison University in 2014, where I refined my skills and became an active chamber musician and collaborative pianist. Some performance highlights include presenting two full recitals of music for two pianos, Aaron Copland’s stunning Twelve Poems of Emily Dickenson, and Benjamin Britten’s quirky choral work, Rejoice in the Lamb.
I’ve dreamed for years of becoming and orchestral administrator, and I am so thrilled to be starting my career with Symphony Nova Scotia, an orchestra that I know and love. I truly value the place our orchestra holds in our province, and I feel very passionate about keeping orchestral music alive and well in Nova Scotia.
Q&A with Jordan
How long have you worked with the Symphony?
I began working as a volunteer with Symphony Nova Scotia in January 2015. I took on the role of Patron Relations Coordinator in Septembers 2015, and I am looking forward to getting to know the fantastic staff and musicians throughout the season.
Why did you begin working with Symphony Nova Scotia?
I have always been fascinated with the performing arts, specifically the symphony orchestra. I believe in the mission and the values of Symphony Nova Scotia and wanted to be a key player in making classical music accessible and engaging in Nova Scotia and beyond.
Do you have any other jobs/volunteer jobs?
I am currently studying Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing at NSCC.
What do you love about symphonic music?
I love the rich and colourful textures the symphony orchestra can produce. It has the capacity to speak to each individual in a unique way that evokes real emotion.
What’s the best/worst thing about being part of Symphony Nova Scotia?
The best part is being exposed to live music regularly, and working with such fantastic staff and musicians. The worst part is that I cannot possibly make it to all of our great performances!
Do you play an instrument?
I graduated from Mount Allison University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music in piano. I have also been very lucky to travel internationally as a choral singer, and more recently I’ve picked up the flute!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy playing piano, exploring Halifax, and tending to my plants in my spare time.
What’s the best Symphony Nova Scotia concert you’ve seen?
I was deeply moved by the Russian Festival during the 2014/15 season. It featured my all-time favourite work – Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 3.
What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
I will never forget seeing Bizet’s Carmen performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in 2010.
What’s your favourite indulgence?
It’s no secret that I have an important relationship with coffee. It’s hard for me to walk past an espresso bar without indulging in a macchiato!
What do you do to relax?
I enjoy getting out in the fresh air, drinking coffee, and spending time with my cat Montgomery.
What’s on your iPod (what are you listening to right now)?
I’ve become obsessed with Sibelius’ Symphony no. 1 lately! Aside from classical music, I enjoy listening to Gabriel Kahane, Kishi Bashi, The Punch Brothers, and Kimbra.
Which concert are you looking forward to most next season?
I cannot wait to hear Spectacular Sibelius with Giora Schmidt this October, and of course, superstar pianist Marc-André Hamelin playing Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto.